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Weatherbest Stained Shingle Co., Inc. 

Manufacturers of WEATHERBEST Stained Shingles 

General Offices : North Tonawanda, \. Y. 

North Tonawanda, N. Y. Minnesota Transfer, Mmn. 

The home of Mr. George E. Dunan, President of the Dunan Lumber Co., Braden- 
town, Fla_, is here shown before and after remodeling. The heavy butt, 24" Weather- 
best Stained Shingles in Silver Gray were laid right over the old siding. The result, 
as the "after" picture shows, has been the creation of a beautiful home despite the 
fact that only minor changes mere made outside of shingling. 





Making Old Houses Into Charming Homes 

O /Vl'ADDIN and his magic lamp would seem to have possessed no greater power 
^ y\ "f transformation than is being displayed thruout the country in the remodel- 
V.-^^ \/ ing of countless old houses into attractive, charming homes. Many who 
dislike to part with the old home, but who realize the need for a 
modern residence, possibly embodying additional room, are finding a happy solution 
of their problem in simple alterations and additions that transform the old place into a 
home often more comfortable and satisfying than a newly built house. 

An entrance changed; a broad inviting porch added, or the old one transformed into 
a cosy sun parlor; the roof lines enhanced by the addition of appropriate dormers or, in 
some cases, the old ones replaced by a low sweeping roof; the old clapboard siding 
re-covered with stained shingles! Here is only an inkling of the many ways you can 
make over old homes and give them a new lease on life. Many times too, the old barn 
on the property readily lends itself to the magic scheme of transformation and becomes 
an attractive one or two car garage. 

Aside from the added value given to a home thru remodeling, there is real pleasure 
in frankly accepting the general lines and limitations of the old house as a start and plan- 
ning changes which will add convenience and allow the old home to take its place among 
those of modern-day design. 

"What will it cost?" is almost sure to be a paramount question in connection with 
alteration work. Economy should enter largely into the plans for remodeling, as no owner 
wants the expense to run anywhere near the cost of a new building. For this reason, it is 
desirable to retain the original lines of the building and to make only changes or additions 
requiring neither radical alterations in roof lines nor, as might sometimes happen, the re- 
building of an entire wing. 

Generally, the old clapboard siding is largely responsible for the forlorn appearance 
of old houses. The paint has peeled off or become **alligatored". In many places boards 
have become loosened and warped. This condition makes heating of the house a 
problem, and represents a heavy expense if repairs are to be made. The remnants of the 
old paint need to be burned and scraped off and extensive patching done before it is prac- 
tical to apply new coats of paint. 

There is a far better, quicker and more economical way of overcoming that forlorn 
appearance! Today, on hundreds of old homes Weatherbest Stained Shingles are being 



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applied right over the old weatherboards. Just think! No patching of old siding; no 
expensive re-painting — ^just Weatherbest Creosoted Stained Shingles laid on the old 
siding without the necessity of any preliminary work. 

It is surprising too, how low the cost is of covering old siding with Weatherbest 
Stained Shingles. It is scarcely, if any, more than the expense of patching the siding, 
taking off the old paint and applying new. Think too, of the additional warmth secured 
for the building by reason of the double covering. It makes a marked difference in heating 
bills thruout the winter and the double insulation keeps out the heat of summer. 

The houses shown on the following pages of this book have all been re-covered with 
Weatherbest Stained Shingles. Each alteration scheme represents a moderate outlay 
in money, yet the improvement in each home's appearance is really impressive. In every 
instance the work is so simple that any good contra'ctor can make similar improvements 
on old houses without special plans. 

The long, heavy butt 24" Weatherbest Stained Shingles have proved the most 
popular for re-covering old siding as this size allows of exposures up to ii!4'\ giving the 
wide course lines so much desired in present day design. However, the 12'', 16" and 18" 
sizes are also used extensively as Weatherbest Stained Shingles are loo^/^' K<^%e Grain 
and these sizes may be laid to 5>^", 71^'' and 8K" exposures respectively. 

As Weatherbest Stained Shingles are manufactured in many different colors, there 
is a wide choice in selecting- the color desired. For most remodeling work one of the 
several shades of Weatherbest Gray is selected, as this color harmonizes best with 

So much is possible in the way of making old houses live again that it scarcely mat- 
ters what style of design characterizes the old home. A change here and there; the old 
siding covered with Weatherbest Stained Shingles; appropriate shrubbery planted and 
presto! the old house has been redeemed— it has been changed into the home you desire. 

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VS/l'. cafi ;ill rciulily recall to mind nuin\ an oUl 
square type house such as pictured here, vet 
how easily it has been transformed into an up-to-date 
uniting home. By using 12" \Vk \ 1 Hfc:RBEs r Stained 
Shingles tor the "ribbon course" pattern, a substan- 
tial sa\ ing was erfected in the cost of material. The 
home was also re-rooted with ifi" \Vk a ih krbks 1 
Stained Shingles in Moss Green, thus carrying out 
a charming color scheme. - icccvt: 

A COS) sun room was added and the front entrance changed to the left — making pos- 

sil>le a large, well-lighted living room opening ontt) the new sun room. 



'' I ^HE general lines of this old house 
were not bad but the street had 
become built up and as repairs and 
re-painting were badly needed, the 
owner decided to do a thorough job. 
So the porch was enclosed and added 
light and space given to the second 
floor by a large dormer. 

The old clapboards were re-cov- 
ered with Silver Gray Weatherbest 
Stained Shingles and a Dark Greer 
Weatherbest Stained Shingle root 
laid. The cost of alterations was onl\ 
a small part of the almost double sale- 
value given to this home. 

-An added artistic touch was 
secured by laying the first few bottom 
courses of shingles and several top 
courses in the ever popular "ribbon 
course" stvle. 




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^ I ^HE house had just been ''let go" until a new 
owner with imagination took possession. 
The old siding was none too good and presented 
a problem until the idea was suggested of covering it with 
Weatherbest Stained Shingles. This was done and, as 
the "after" picture shows, it did much to bring this old home 
back to life. 

Some little changes were made in roof lines and a fire- 
place was added. Of course, the old style porch was due for a 
dressing up. 


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A CiLANCK at the old building and one can picture the old 
*• country schoolhousc. But the community thrived and a 
larger school was needed. So the building was sf»ld (or almost 
the proverbial song. 

The new owner partitKincU uti rooms and alter living in it a short time decided to 
"fix it up." Some of the windows were chariKcd, a porch cut in and the rtxjf extended. 
Brown Weatherbest Stained Shingh ud right over the old siding, thus adding a 

great deal in warmth. A new roof of \\la]hkrbksi Stained Shingles was applied with 
zinc coated nails and a trul\ cos\ home rt'sultcir 



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\ 1 7 r all like a cIuuil^c rhn possihlv 
tlislike to parr with the old 
home. Such nrjsr have been the 
thought ot this owner. The 24" 
We A 1 Stained Shingles in 
Gray applied over the old clapboards 
certainly turnished this home with a 
new and modern dress. Future ex- 
pensive painting bills have been elim- 
inated too, tor onl\ a brush coat ot 
stain every tive or six years ar about 
one-half the cost ot a two coat paint 
job is needed to keep these shingle^ 
tVesh and attractive. The addition ot a 
sun room was a very practical way 
of relieving the bare appearance of the 
front. Raising the center ot the tront 
roof pro\'idetl additional room and 
li^ht for twi> tront bed rooms on the 
second t^oor. 



\l7lli.N a building is sadly in need of rcj' 

and every dollar must 1 o do the 

work of two, what happier solution to the prob- 
lem than to just cover the old unpainted clapboards with durable c(Jr,r loniylifc Wfather- 
BEST Stained Shingles, as was done on the building pictured her* 

No great amount of money was expended, yet what a change has been effected! Were 
the owner to sell, he would find that the money invested in repairs and VVeatherbest 
Stained Shingles would return him several hundred per cent profit. The standard exp^j- 
sure of 7J2" was given to the 16" Brown Weatherbest Stained Shingles on this job. 



A r first glance one might say these two pictu 
were not of the same house such a wonder 

improvement has been made. Closer inspection, 
of both pictures however, will show the walls and 
roof lines of the original house remain unchanged. 


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Weatherbest Stained Shingles, i6" size, in 
Silver Gray were placed over the old siding and 

all window casings painted white. A sun room, an attractive front entrance and a i6" 
Moss Green Weatherbest Stained Shingle roof gave added touches that changed this 
old, uninviting house into a modern home of the Dutch Colonial style. 



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f TXOCCL'FIED for a long rime this hou; 
^^ anything but inviting and home-like. 

ise was 
might even picture it as the haunted house of our 
younger days. It required real artistic ability to 
change this old barn-like structure into the beau- 
tiful suburban home pictured. 

Shrubbery, up-to-date windows, a change in 
the roof and then Z4" Weatherbest Stained Shin- 
gles in Gray placed right over the old barren side- 
walls made the transformation complete. Because 
of the expansive area of the walls Weatherbest 

Stained Shingles, at a cost of two or three hundred dollars, deserve a large share of the 
credit for adding many thousands of dollars to the value of this home. 



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TN every large citv rhrnour the country suhiir- 

ban developments are encroaching on what 

was once farm land. Here is such a case where 

Weathf.rhks r Stained Shingles and a builder's 

ingenuitx CLime to the rescue of the old farmhouse with truly amazing results. 'I'he change 
has made the oki home literally lift up its head and dominate its surroundings. 

On this home the 24" WEAiHKRBKsr Stained Shingles in WEATHF.RBRsr soft, non- 
glaring Colonial White were quickly placed over the old worn out siding, 
accentuate the Old English Colonial style of architecture. 



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IT stood on the corner. 
It was an eyesore to 
the neighborhood. Its 
rentals were low. Then 
along came the Weath- 
ERBEST man with the 
Weatherbest idea of 
placing i6" Brown 
Weatherbest Stained 
Shingles right over those 
old clapboards. And 
while the carpenters were 
about it they also fixed 
up the porches. The total 
expense was only a frac- 
tion more than would 
have been the cost of re- 
painting the old clap- 
boards. Needless to say, the owner is now able to secure much higher rents, the tenants 
are pleased and the neighbors are friendly. 

In every city, town and village there are many old, but well-built houses just waiting 
for someone to add many hundreds of dollars to their sales value thru the process of remod- 
eling with Weatherbfst Sraint-i^, Shingles. 



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V M »s^ liotTic, you'll .ulniit. \ ct 
* how Jorlorn was thr .ippc.n-.uur 
nt this pl.uc hctorc the (ir;n :.\ 
\Vi MinuiUM Stained Shingles were 
placevl over the ohi niU'row siili?\ki. 
The eolor sehenic lor the InnKling was 
eoniplereil hv re rooting with l^' 
W I vmiKUisi in \aricgntcil (irccn. 

It »s nnl\ a vi»ttai:e, to he sure, Init with the a*hlition of 
the hig open lirepiaie atui the general elcannig up given the 
gnninds, tt p<tssesses a eharni hevoinl tnanv a Imttie o| far 
more pretentious ajipearanee. 

The w hie rai\t:e ot \Vi \ i m u ht s i t nlors m.ikes it possihle 
to (Avw out an\ volnr ulea tlcsircvl, partieularlv on nH'ts 
where vartegateil lohir sJietiies e«»nie into then- own. I he 
Kdgc (irain »»!* all WiAitn Rursi Staineil Shingle** insures 
life long service «>n roofs anJ shlrw.ills win t\ the shingles are 
applied with good /ine ioated nails that will last as lonr 
as the shingles. 


\y I I h not a home, we have given space in this book to the church paturcd ,n onlcr 
work Afte^h r r r^7l'^''^'''y «f ^VH.vrHHaBBST Stained Shingle for rc-modchnH 
P ed ;ne t . ""^'^^'^.j^"" — ^d, Brown We.v,hkkbks, St'ned Sh.ngles wer^- 

.mpro^ed ,ts appearance at lutle more than the cost of re-pa,nting ' 

imprlvedrre'co? ^°"V"^„"^^>' ^^ ^ church built long ago that could be .ondcrfullv 
warprotclrrs '"' H '^"'"^ ""' ^VsvrHEKB.s: sfamed Shingles. The d<.uble 



A very pupular and economical sidewall 
design of 12" Stained Shingles, 
sometimes called the "ribbon course". The 12" 
size is laid 2" exposure for the narrow course and 
6" exposure for the wide course. 

Here is pictured a section of a re-covereJ 
sidewall where 24" Angle Butt Weatherbest 
Stained Shingles were used. Departure from 
straight lines is made with pleasing results. No 
extra labor is necessary to lay the shmglcs as the 
butts are shaped at the factory. 




The yi" butts of 24" Weatherbest Stained 
Shingles give deep shadow lines to sidewalls and 
allow of wide exposures up to ii]i". This size 
is widely used for sidewalls, both for re-covering 
and new work. The section above shows the 24" 
size laid iiji" exposure to the weather. 

This triple course design tor sidewalls shows 
Weatherbest Stained Shingles laid in alternate 
courses of 9", 4" and 2" exposures. The 16" sue 
may be used thruout or the 12" size substituted 
for the 4" and 2" courses at a substantial saving. 




Remodeling old homes with 

WeatHERBEST Stained Shingles adds value 

and warmth at moderate cost 

T?ROM the pictures of remodeled homes on the preceding pages one will readily perceive 
*^ there is no end to the many ways in which old and even discarded buildings, when 
given into capable hands, can be made to conform to present day ideas of comfort and 

Aside from the pride of placing an old home in the ranks of modern residences, a 
sound investment has been made. Making an old house new and improving the surround- 
ings at once adds value out of all proportion to the cost of alterations. Frequentlv too, 
other neglected houses in the immediate neighborhood follow suit, and soon a run down 
residential street or section has gained immensely in selling and renting values. 

Economy o( XX'eatherbest Stained Shingle Sidewalls 

Re-covering the old siding with Weatherbest Stained Shingles is a very economical 
and practical method of beautifying old buildings. It is economical because the cost in 
many localities is little more and in some cases actually less, than the expense of taking 
off the old paint, patching and re-painting the old weatherboards. 

While it is impractical to give hard and fast cost figures due to the wide differences 
that exist thruout the country in the cost of material and labor, the following figures based 
on averages from various secrions of the country, will serve to give an idea of the low 
cost of Weatherbest covered sidewalls. 

To rejuvenate an old weatherboard sidewall, repairs amounting to $i.oo or « per 
square (loo sq. ft.) are usually necessary. Many painters charge S4.00 to i^>-.oo per square 
for burning and scraping off the old paint preparatory to applying new. Two coats of 
paint, will in most sections, cost at least S5.00 per square. This makes a total of $10.00 
to 512.00 per 100 sq. ft. for a good job n\ rci\iinML^ an.] rt -painring. 

Re-covering old weatherboards u... ,., <,t.,, vW xtherbe^t Mamcd Miingles, lav- 
ing them 7'^" to the weather, which allows for two full laps, will, in the average market 
be $10.00 to $I2.0D per 100 sq. ft. This includes the cost of shingles, zinc-coated nails 
and lalv'*" 

A sidcwall of ;4' Weatherbest Stained Shingles in Gray will average, in a repre- 
sentative market, about Jij.oo per .00 sq. ft. While slightly higher in cos't. the 24" size 
IS preferred by many because of the artistic wide course and heavx l.utr .tf,-. r. .v.ssihle. 



Thcic cott Agure» readily ihow that Wh stained Shmijfc sidewa!!s cost 
only a very little, if any» more than re-painting. In tome localities pnc 

labf>r will lower the figures given while in others the co- her 

Low Upkeep and Better Protection 

In contiderin(( rhc»e comparivms, one m - of the 

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irtim practically alt repairs. 

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How to Determine Quantity of Weatherbest 
Stained Shingles for Re-covering Sidewalls 

T3 ELOW is a table useful in determining the quantity of Weatherbest Stained Shingles 
required to cover a known area. The covering capacity is given by the square and 
by the thousand as some dealers sell Weatherbest Stained Shingles by the square pack 
while others retail by the thousand pack. Of course the actual quantity and the cost of 
Weatherbest Stained Shingles required will be the same whether figured on the square or 
thousand basis. 

To find the area of sidewalls to be covered simply measure the width of each wall bv 
the height and subtract the area of all openings. Divide the result bv the number of 
square feet a square or thousand of Weatherbest Stained Shingles in the size selected 
will cover when laid to the exposure desired. The result, will be the number of squares or 
thousands of Weatherbest Stained Shingles required for the job. 

Number of square feet of surface a SQUARE of WEATHERBEST Stained Shingles will cover 
when laid at different exposures to the weather 

Size of Shingles 

1 Square of 12" 
1 Square of 16" 
1 Square of 18" 
1 Square of 24" 

3" Exp. 

60 sq. ft. 

4" Exp. 

7o sq. ft. 
80 sq. ft. 

5" Exp. 

92 sq. ft. 
100 sq.ft. 

5 ' 2" Exp. 

100 sq. ft. 
110 sq.ft. 
100 sq. ft 

6" Exp. 

121 sq. ft. 
110 sq.ft. 

''A" Exp. 

151 sq. ft. 

138 sq.ft. 

7(3 sq. ft. 

8 » 2" Exp. 

157 sq. ft. 
85 sq. ft. 

9" Exp. 

10" Exp 

IWl .S<( ft 

1 H" Exp. 

n.'>sq ft. 

Number of square feet of surface a THOUSAND of WEATHERBEST Stained Shingle 
cover when laid at different exposures to the weather 

Size of Shingles 

1 M. of 16" 
1 M of IS" 
1 M of 24" 

3" Exp. 

'5 sq. ft. 

4" Exp. 

102 sq ft 

i" Exp. 

128 sq. ft. 

' Exp. 

140 sq.ft. 
140 sq.ft. 

6" Exp. 

154 sq. ft. 
154 sq.ft. 


192 sq. ft. 
192 sq ft. 
242 so ft. 

8 '2" Exp. 

218 SCI. ft. 
275 sfi. ft 

9" Exp. 

10" Exp 

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H71 wq ft 

Use ZinC'Coated 4cl. Nails for Nailing Shingles over Siding 

I'se 4d. zinc-coated nails for applying We.atherbest Stained Shingles over eld sidmg. 
The i^i" length of these nails allows them to secure a firm grip, even when s(, placed 
that it is necessary to reach thru the space left directly below the butt of the clapboards. 
It IS advisable to renail all loose clapboards before applvin^j the shingles. 

Kollowing is amount of 4d. nails required for the different si/c^s of Wfv.hfrbfst 
Stained Shingles: 

I Sq. 12" or 16" shingles 6Ji lbs. 46. nails. 
I M 16" shingles 8J4 lbs. ^d. nails. 
I Sq. 18" shingles 5^4 lbs. 4d. nails. 

I M 18" shingles 8>^ lbs. 4d. nails. 
I Sq. 24" shingles 2^ lbs. 4d. naiU. 
! M Z4" shingles 9}4 lbs. 4d. nails. 

it IS folly to apply a fifty year sidewall or roof material with wire or galvanized 
shingle nails. Weatherbest Zinc-coated nails should be used with Wkxtherbest Stained 
Shingles to insure life-long service from the shingles. 



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Just Why WeaTHERBEST Edge-Grain Means 
Uniform, Lasting Colors and Life-Long Service 

'[III. rwo pictures l)clow illustrate the difference between good and poor Red Cedar 
Shingles. On the left are shown flat or "slash" grain shingles. It is absolutely impos- 
sible to securely tasten colf)rs to the smooth, glassy surface of the flat grain in these shin- 
gles. Kven the small amount of color pigment which does adhere is quickly washed off 
by rfu- first few rains. 

In lofirrast, note the straight grain and freetlom from all tlefccts i)( the lOO per cent 
hilge (iram shingles pictured on the right. 'I'hese present a surface that readily absorbs 
and nraifis a inax'rnum amount of color pignients. Kvery \Vk.\ i hkrbkst Stained Shingle 
is strictly loo per cc-nr l-.dge (iram. This fact, combined with the Wf.a rHKRBEST process 
of staining, insures an unusual arjioimr of color and creosote preservative entering into, 
and litcrallv bccorTimi' ;i purr of rhc wood. The result is imiform, duniblr* cftjorN. 

I his pictiirf shows [hourly nuinuhictural Hat- 
grain Red Cellar shingles which can not take anii 
hofil stain. This grade also tolerates knots ami 
other defects injurious to guoil servi< • s... h 
shingles curl, warp and split after a fevv 

A photographic rcpriHluctton ol lOO per crnr 

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A V^iricts ot W'carluT-Tcstccl Colors 

\ ivu have a ch«)icc or rvvcnr\ srandard \SK\im-kHi 
and special shades. Kvery WT: \ ihkkbksi color is durai 
stam reprcscnrs rhtrr^cn years ot constant research and improvemt »ur factories 

the shingles are unl>undled and treated sep i ' not "bu " r ' " 

means far better pcncrraritm and uniti»rm c«>l cr trcatr 

bundled and con 

Weatherbest Stained Shingles are furnished in 12'', ^nd 

specially prepared for thatchc ' ^^ - v ^ 'her dealers everv\*ncrc carrv popular 
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